Another Game’s Wii U Version Canceled In Favor Of Nintendo Switch

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night from the same director (Koji “IGA” Igarashi), is no longer coming to Wii U. Instead, it’s headed to Switch.

Igarashi shared the news in a update posted on the game’s Kickstarter page, explaining the rationale behind the move and apologizing to those hoping for a Wii U version.

“During our Kickstarter campaign [in 2015], the Wii U was at the height of its popularity, but the situation has drastically changed after the release of Nintendo Switch. This change made it difficult to receive the necessary support from the hardware maker, which has led us to drop the Wii U development and shift the development to Nintendo Switch.

“We are very sorry that it has come to this after all your support, but we hope you will understand,” he said.

Backers will be able to choose a different version of the game or request a refund. More details about how to do are are shared here, but if you had chosen the Wii U version and now want a Switch copy, you don’t have to do anything.

Bloodstained, which was delayed last year until 2018, is now slated for release on Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Vita. The Wii U port was only ever planned because Kickstarter funding reached a $ 3 million stretch goal. The campaign ultimately raised about $ 5.5 million, making it one of the platform’s highest-funded games ever.

Bloodstained becomes the latest game to abandon Wii U in favor of Switch, which has gotten off to a successful start. Prior to the system’s launch, Rive, Yooka-Laylee, and Stardew Valley were moved from Wii U to Switch, with the latter game seeing its upcoming multiplayer mode make its debut on Nintendo’s system before other consoles.

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